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No sound, no soul?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Chrisuk83, Apr 13, 2016.

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Will you miss the sound of an engine and exhaust.

  1. Yes definitely, all the time

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  2. Only when I am in the mood for it

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  3. No definitely not

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  1. Chrisuk83

    Chrisuk83 Member

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    Like many of you I have reserved a TM3.I know this will probably not relate to many of you, but for the true gear heads like me, won't you miss the sound of an engine and exhaust? I know 99% of the time, you really don't want to be hearing those sorts of sounds but that 1% of the time when you want to open it up and hear the engine hitting the limiter, the turbo waste gate fluttering. I wish that an EV had that drama just once in a while. I think without those sounds the car has no soul or character. Maybe eventually you will get a in car app which will play those sounds through the speakers, not the same I know
     
  2. bxr140

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    I'm a car guy and have had more than one loud exhaust on previous cars/motorcycles. I still do on my dirt bike....which may get replaced by a zero fx soon.

    I do not miss the sound one bit in my MS. Or the shifting, for that matter...
     
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  3. xmetal

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    Ev's are quiet, but they are not silent. There are still fun whirring noises, but the completely different delivery of the power will very quickly make you not give a poo about the sound the car is not making. I switched from a tuned BMW M3 to a Leaf and don't miss all the racket one bit.
     
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  4. JohnSnowNW

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    I loved my Triumph Street Triple, but more than not was annoyed by the exhaust note. I know some people like it...but I am not one of them.
     
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  5. Automaton

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    I agree. They should definitely pipe in artificial "engine" noise like all the other car manufacturers are doing now (BMW, Mini, etc.). Only, it should be spaceship related sounds, since Elon said the steering controls will be like a spaceship. We especially need a lightspeed/hyperspace jump sound when throttle position is at 100%.

     
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  6. SureValla

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    eventually your love for the ICE sound will come to only represent lost power in the form of sound, inefficiency in the burning of gas, and destruction of the planet from the exhaust.
     
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  7. ChadS

    ChadS Petroleum is for sissies

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    My first post here, in 2009 shortly before my car arrived, wondered if I would miss the sounds too. In fact I also mentioned the possibility of artificial sounds as an option.

    After more than 6 years, I can definitely say that I in no way miss the sounds. I find loud cars really annoying now. That's hard for an enthusiast to believe, because the sounds are so awesome. But if you think about it...noise is not a good thing by itself. The reason we like it is simply because we have associated the sound with power. If you drive an EV for a while, the associations will change. As xmetal noted, there are still noises, and you will come to love them. (Oh, how I love the subtle pod-racer sound my Roadster makes!)

    I would guess the transition usually takes around 4-6 weeks - if you go full BEV. If you alternate driving an ICE, the noise association may never fully go away, though it won't be as strong.
     
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    EV Sounds
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    For me, silence is golden. I love having conversations without raising my voice over the engine noise. I love the smooth continuous transmission that leaves the manual shift cars behind with every shift they make. I love hearing , OMG, HOLY SHIMPT, LAUGHTER, GIGGLES, ETC each and every time I push the accelerator pedal. I love to drive, however, I even love turning on auto-steer on straight boring sections of road and gladly let the car take the strain off my arms and shoulders. It's the first physical object I can Say I Love.
     
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  10. gregincal

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    When you get slammed back into your seat on a hyper-accelerator smooth takeoff, let me tell you, nobody misses the sound.
     
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  11. Camera-Cruiser

    Camera-Cruiser Fully Charged

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    You really want sound? Turn the AC up to 11 and you'll have your sound.;)

    Works that way on my MS.
     
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  12. Wolfsburg

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    I too thought EVs would not really have a "soul" and simply feel like driving a boring appliance but as soon as I drove a Model S, I was happy to be proven wrong. I have alternatives for engine sounds via other vehicles. For me the silence (or electric motor "whirring") is just part of the experience of this type of car. I would have no interest in artificial sounds for a car like this.
     
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    You can have the soul. I'll take the efficiency, acceleration, and serene silence.
     
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  14. Zythryn

    Zythryn MS 70D, MX 90D

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    Do you want the sound, or the sensation?
    I find far more "soul" in the full body sensation of 100% torque and instantaneous response of the throttle than I do in loud noises.
     
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    I've had various sound environments all the way from driving an open-pipe Harley to the Nissan Leaf (which I had for 3 years/ MS on order). The quiet is definitely preferable; although, before a launch, maybe "Highway to the Danger Zone" from the opening of Top Gun would be fun.
     
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    Can't wait to fire up the boat this weekend... OMC 460 with strait out exhaust. That makes a freaking glorious noise :)
     
  17. Jason Bourne

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    I think I agree with both sides here. One hand is I love the sound of my engine roaring, but as was pointed out, it may be because I associate that noise with power and acceleration. On the other hand, there are plenty of other cars that have the same power and acceleration that my car but don't make such a glorious noise.
    Then again, I've never driven a BEV....
     
  18. techmaven

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    Someday, someone will state that for true EV's like him/her, they will miss the gear whine, starship launch sounds and the balloon squeal.
     
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    Funny. I used to love crazy powerboat sounds too, until I went out on a nice sailing yacht...
     
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  20. Candleflame

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    dunno why a gearhead needs "loud" cars? sureley you want your car as quiet as possible as to not disturb other people?
     
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